Amanda Caffall, J.D.
Executive Director & Staff Attorney
Raised in the foothills of Mt. St. Helens, Amanda grew to love nature and commuting by bicycle in the city. She graduated magna cum laude from Western Washington University and with honors from Lewis and Clark Law School, as a member of the Cornelius Honor Society and recipient of the Environmental Leadership Award. For more than twenty-five years, teams have relied on her to build energy out of ideas. In 2018, 2019, and 2020, she received awards for her work with The Commons Law Center, including the Oregon State Bar's Oregon New Lawyer's Division's Public Service Award, the Oregon State Bar President's Technology and Innovation Award, and Lewis & Clark Law School's Community Spirit Distinguished Honor.
She enjoys walking and hiking outside, tending houseplants, escaping wifi for extended periods, and raising a toddler.
Tyler was raised in the suburbs of Kansas City, Kansas, then moved to Portland, Oregon in 2017 for a change of scenery. Over the last few years, he's been waiting tables while completing his Associate Paralegal Degree at Portland Community College. Tyler will be finished with his studies this fall when he plans to complete the NFPA Paralegal Certification. His goal is to better serve our community by providing more affordable legal services and creating easier access to justice that is fair and equal to all.
During Tyler's free time you might find him enjoying the outdoors with his dog, or attending live music concerts with his partner. He also enjoys practicing classical piano, learning to speak Spanish, and playing video games.
Riley Gombart, J.D.
Estates & Operations Director
Riley has been a Pacific Northwesterner for most of his life, growing up in Battle Ground, WA before settling in Portland. His practice has consisted of estate planning, probate, and business, but his passion is in developing systems and processes to improve the efficiency and quality of legal services to better reach currently under-served populations.
Riley received a B.A., cum laude, with a major in Business Administration from Washington State University (Vancouver) in 2011 and earned his J.D., cum laude, in 2016 from Lewis & Clark Law School, where he was an Article Editor of the Lewis & Clark Law Review.
In his spare time, Riley enjoys playing tabletop games with friends and family, hiking fantastic local trails, and perfecting favorite dishes from his backyard garden’s harvest. Whenever possible, he relishes the opportunity to travel with his wife to castles, art museums, and other stunning landmarks around the world while experiencing the local culture.
Elise Hampton, J.D.
Attorney Fellow | Family Law
Elise has been interested in accessibility issues ever since she was young. By joining The Commons, she hopes to increase access to justice for Oregonians. She has attended Southern Oregon University, Lewis and Clark Law School, and St. Anne’s College, Oxford. During school, she worked at the ACLU of Oregon and the National Crime Victim Law Institute, and competed for Lewis and Clark at the regional Client Counseling Moot Court competition.
When she’s not in the office, she enjoys cooking, reading comics, and listening to podcasts.
Kristina was born and raised in the Seattle area and moved to Portland in early 2002. While working as a barista, she attended Portland State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice in 2006. She then moved to Southern California to be closer to family and broadened her administrative experience in the medical and dental fields.
In 2010 Kristina moved back to Portland and decided to further her education at Portland Community College and received her Associate Paralegal Degree in 2017.
Kristina has been the Treasurer on the Board of Directors at a local non-profit for almost 5 years and continues to find fulfillment working in the non-profit sector.
In her spare time, Kristina loves to paint, draw, and attend concerts when she can.
Kendall Spinella, J.D.
Attorney Fellow | Renters Rights
Kendall is a 2021 graduate from Liberty University School of Law in Virginia, where she served as the Managing Editor of the law review and graduated magna cum laude. She has always wanted to use her platform as an attorney to speak out for the vulnerable and marginalized members of society. She is excited to be able to help Oregonians facing evictions to fight for stable and secure housing.
Although she grew up in Ohio and went to undergraduate and law school in Virginia, she and her husband decided to move across the country to Portland to start their life post-law school. So far, she has loved trying new coffee shops and restaurants in Portland and going to live music concerts! She also enjoys taking her dog on long walks in the park, making music, and spending time with her church community.
Craig Colby, J.D.
Senior Advisor | Tenant Law
After graduating from Michigan in mathematics, Craig switched to law for reasons ideological and to have stories to tell at parties. Law review published his comment on civil disobedience. After practicing with legal aid in Detroit he moved to Portland, where his general practice concentrated on landlord-tenant law starting in 1990. He maintained 400 pages of annotations to Oregon's Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, which he made available for free to lawyers with organizations serving the poor. He retired from practicing and publishing at the start of 2020 -- never guessing that COVID was about to intensify the isolation of retirement -- but has come back into the fray in a nonpracticing role.
Hobbies include auditing math classes at Portland State University, modifying loudspeakers, and reading about the Civil War.
Emma Grace Fox
Client Relations Manager
Emma was born and raised in Southeast Portland Oregon and graduated from local Cleveland High School with an international baccalaureate diploma.
She went on to study at Humboldt State University, nestled in the beautiful Redwood forest of Northern California. Emma got her degree in International Studies and Spanish and spent time traveling and studying abroad in Eastern Spain.
Outside of work she has been spending time doing community development and outreach to the houseless population. In her free time Emma enjoys cooking and honing her craft in jewelry making, rock tumbling and pottery.
Ekua Hackman, J.D.
Attorney Fellow | Estate Planning
Ekua graduated from Willamette University College of Law in 2015. During her time in
law school, Ekua was an active member of the Multicultural Law Student Association and the Women’s Law Caucus. She knew early on that she wanted to serve the community, and so spent a year working in the Willamette Clinical Law Program with a focus on estate planning. After graduating, Ekua worked a year and a half as a judicial clerk for the Hon. Cheryl Albrecht. Ekua joined The Commons because she has a
passion for helping build intergenerational wealth within the Black community. Ekua also currently serves as President of the National Bar Association's Oregon Chapter.
In her free time, Ekua enjoys science fiction & fantasy, baking, and live music.
Art Knauss, J.D.
Program Director | Family Law
During law school, Art was drafted and served in Vietnam and had two children. His law practice has focused on family and criminal law, and he was a longtime defense attorney for Clackamas County Mental Health Court, which he helped create. His community service includes 14 years on the Clackamas County Bar Judicial Selection Committee, 6 years on the Oregon State Bar local ethics committee, President of Clackamas County Indigent Defense Corporation for 18 years, and President of the Board of Clackamas County Community Corrections for 10 years. For his contributions he received the Ralph Holman Lifetime Achievement Award from the Clackamas County Bar in 2016. Art has a political science degree from the University of Oregon and a law degree from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College.
He and his wife, Lynne, live in Milwaukie and enjoy seeing their grandchildren every week.
Kristi Skalman, J.D.
Attorney Fellow | Family Law & Probate
Kristi Skalman is an advocate and voice for those who need it most and is keenly aware of the issues affecting low income and minority populations because of her upbringing and unique life experiences. She is on a mission to pave a pathway for others to seek justice and better themselves in a system stacked against them. Kristi has work experience in the restaurant industry, as a welder and metal fabricator, as a maiden at Renaissance Festivals, as a Promotional Model, and at a variety of office jobs. She manages to both be an effective advocate for her clients and cordial with opposing counsel and parties. In her free time, Kristi enjoys recording and producing music, caring for her three chihuahuas, spending time with her husband, gardening, creating art out of anything, and writing poetry and music.Kristi graduated in the top 25% of her class from Willamette University College of Law. She graduated cum laude from Portland State University with a Bachelor in History, and also has an Associates in Applied Science in Welding Technology.
Board of Directors
John E. Grant, J.D.
John is a lawyer, an ops guy, a consultant, a team-builder, and a hacker, though not necessarily in that order. By day he is a legal operations strategist and law firm process consultant. He served as co-chair of the Oregon State Bar's Innovations Committee and is a former member of its Board of Governors.
Kimberly Pray, J.D., LL.M.
As board president, Kimberly has nearly two decades' experience in nonprofit leadership and organizational development. As one of the founding partners of Catalyst Law, LLC, a women-owned B-Corporation and initial investor in the Commons, she counsels change-makers how to leverage impact for their families, businesses, and communities in the areas of taxation, estate planning, and business law.
Carlotta Alverson, J.D.
Carlotta Alverson is an attorney at SAIF Corporation. Her practice focuses on Insurance defense, specifically Workers’ Compensation. Carlotta is currently serving on the ONLD as secretary of the Executive Committee and Co-chair of the student outreach committee. She also serves on the Oregon State Bar’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.
Jim Dwyer, J.D.
Jim has been practicing law since 1989 and loves to make the law a non-intimidating process for his clients. His firm is deeply committeed to everyone having access to legal help regardless of their financial means. He believes our society, and its laws, are only as good as a person's access to legal help. Jim also has a love of food and he and his wife, Jan, can often be found having dinner with their two daughters and their friends. He has a website, Tipping-the-Scales.com, where he helps attorneys find greater meaning by taking care of their teams, clients, and families.
Tom is a management consultant with 25 years of experience - working at one of the world's largest consultancies, on his own for a while, and now with a mid-sized firm. He believes in making our community a better place for all. He is passionate in his work about clean energy, and serves as an advisor with Client Stewards Collective. Tom grew up in Portland, and has served on numerous public school foundation boards (how else was he going to keep track of what his kids were up to!)
Lewis Landerholm, J.D.
A decade in business management led Lewis to found his firm as a new lawyer in 2009. Recognizing too many people needed family law help, Lewis and his team launched a new project in 2014 to serve clients of lesser means, Affordable Family Law of Oregon. Lewis is a mentor to the kids sports teams he coaches and to his legal team.
Fallon Niedrist, J.D.
Fallon Niedrist is a Deputy City Attorney with the City of Portland, where her practice focuses on labor and employment. Fallon primarily advises Portland’s public safety bureaus and serves as an advisor on many other labor and employment issues facing the City. Before coming to the City, Fallon worked as in-house counsel for a large insurance company handling employment benefits and data privacy issues, and worked in private practice providing labor and employment advice to numerous industries. In her spare time, you’ll find Fallon enjoying the great Pacific Northwest by hiking and paddle boarding, powerlifting at her local gym, or hitting up concerts.
Our advisory board is chaired by Kristen West McCall, partner at Pickett Dummigan McCall.
- Susan Gary, University of Oregon
- Ward Greene, Williams Kastner
- Kate Kilberg, Catalyst Law, LLC
- Neil Kimmelfield, Lane Powell, Retired Shareholder
- Damien Munsinger, Klein Munsinger LLC
- Penny H. Serrurier, Stoel Rives, Managing Partner
- Michele E. Wasson, Riverview Trust Company
- Harry Wilson, Markowitz Herbold, Shareholder
- Josh Barrett, Create Legal
- Sean Blixseth, US Panasonic
- Susan B. Bock, Stoel Rives
- Tabitha Brincat, Brincat & New, PC
- Todd Cleek, Cleek Law Offices, LLC
- Brooks Cooper, Draneas Huglin Cooper, LLC
- Bryson Davis, Sussman Shank
- Jack Dekovich, McKinley Irvin
- Mary Dougherty, Brownstein Rask LLC
- James Dole, Watkinson Laird Rubenstein
- Jim Geringer, Klarquist
- Leigh Gill, Immix Law Group
- Alex Gund, Swider Haver
- Michael Hallas, Stumptown Law
- Victoria Hines, Goldberg Jones
- Ryan Howard, Ryan Howard Law
- Will Jones, Landerholm Law
- Lindsay Kearl, Legacy Preservation Law
- Kate Kilberg, Catalyst Law
- John Koch, Koch Law
- Rebecca Kueny, Kueny Law LLC
- Lewis Landerholm, Landerholm Law
- Henry LeSueur, The LeSueur Law Firm
- Jack Lundeen, Retired
- Bill Manne, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn
- Steven Mastanduno, Mastanduno Law Group
- Melissa May, Duffy Kekel LLP
- Anastasia Yu Meisner, Samuels Yoelin Kantor
- Fallon Niedrist, City of Portland
- Julie Nimnicht, Law Offices of Geoff Barnhart
- Jennifer Peckham, Elizabeth Christy Law Firm
- Kimberly Pray, Catalyst Law
- Joanna Posey, Posey Legal
- Valerie Sasaki, Samuels Yoelin Kantor
- Susan Lee Schwartz, Sharon Lee Schwartz LLC
- Ashley Sundar, Sundar Law LLC
- Vanessa Usui, Duffy Kekel LLP
- Terry Wright, Willamette University
- Arnold Wuhrman, The Wuhrman Law Group